Saturday, August 23, 2008

Quilting is Fun...

When life gives you scraps make quilts”.
Quilters are an interesting lot. Generally they love home and hearth, family, their heritage, children and the natural world. Most of all they are cuckoo for fabulous fabric that comes in amazing colors, patterns and designs.

According to quilt expert Laurette Carroll "The first known quilt pattern published in an American periodical was the honeycomb or hexagon pattern published by the Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1835. While we know that some early periodicals like Godey’s, featured patterns for quilt making they seldom gave names to these patterns, when describing a quilt or giving directions for making them. When they were named however, the names were usually descriptions, like the previously mentioned honeycomb (hexagons) pattern, and very often they were simply named “Patchwork”."
She goes on to say, "Biblical and Spiritual names include Job’s Tears, Hosanna, Palm Leaf, Bethlehem Star, Cathedral Window, Cross and Crown, Crown of Thorns, and those already mentioned Garden of Eden, Jacobs Ladder, and Josephs Coat, among many others.
Patterns that reflect Pride in our Nation and politics are, Abe Lincoln’s Log Cabin, Burgoyne Surrounded, Capital T and Goblet (both temperance quilts), Dolly Madison’s Star, Railroad Crossing, Harrison Rose, President’s Wreath, Columbia, Martha Washington Star, Fifty-Four Forty or Fight, and even a Daniel Boone quilt.
Names that reflect Home Life are Broken Dishes, Cake Stand, Basket, Attic Windows, Baby Blocks, Tumbling Blocks, Puss in the Corner, Chimney Sweep, Dove in the Window, and Dresden Plate.
Farm life is also included with names like Hole in the Barn Door, Shoo Fly, Anvil, Broken Wheel, Carpenter’s Wheel, Windmill, Hen and Chicks, Churn Dash, Corn and Beans, Melon Patch, and Rail Fence.
Patterns with romantic names are abundant with patterns called Hopes and Wishes, Double Wedding Ring, Grandmother’s Engagement Ring, Cupid’s Own, Lover’s Knot, and even Lover’s Quarrel.
Names that reflect the Great Outdoors or Gardening are Pine Tree, Autumn Leaves, Bears Paw, Maple Leaf, Birds in the Air, Blazing Star, Butterfly, Honey Bee, Clamshell, and Turkey Tracks. Almost every kind of flower is included with patterns like Tulips, Astor, Sunflower, Morning Glory and Black Eyed Susan.
Family Life is reflected with these names, Freedom Quilt (given to a young man when he reached 21), Neck Tie or Bow Tie, Bachelors Puzzle, Old Maids Puzzle, Grandmothers Fan, and Baby Bunting.
Aunts were memorialized with a number of names. Aunt Sukey’s Choice, Aunt Dinah’s Star, Aunt Em’s Pattern, Aunt Lucinda’s Block, Aunt Patty’s Favorite are only a few.
Some patterns were named after Cities or States, with patterns like Boston Pavement, St. Louis Star, California Rose, New York Beauty, Carolina Lily, Ohio Star, Washington Pavement, and Arkansas Traveler. Every state has at least one pattern, and many have several."

At Mary Jo's we have worked very hard to provide fellow quilters with fabric that has the colors, patterns and textures you need to carry out your passionate work.
At our store we welcome Quilters by the tour bus load almost daily.
Keeping our prices low and our selection extraordinary is the goal at Mary Jo's Cloth Store. We carry popular Quilting Fabric lines by Robert Kaufman and Quilting Treasures to name a few. You can also find historic styles of fabric in the prints/patterns and colors you are looking for. Our expert staff is very knowledgeable, some of our employees have worked in our quilting department for decades. We always want to make sure you are not only finding what you need but we can usually give you a few helpful hints along the way.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Color, Patterns & Repeats...

Patrick Lose is a Fabric Designer extraordinaire. He spends his days dreaming up fun and whimsical art that is usually printed onto fabric. Patrick makes his home in Arizona and laughingly told me he spends some of the hottest days during the long and brutal summer overseeing the launching of his various holiday and wintry collections of fabrics and patterns.

After our chat I went to his website and was delighted by the bright vibrant colors and whimsical characters that he is known for. It was interesting viewing his work, some has been turned into bolts of fabric while others are still in the design phase. All are fun, brightly colored and some are even funny.

He has been designing for decades and started out as a costume designer. Over the years he has created many different collections for various manufacturers. He also has recently launched a book and continues to make and design patterns for holiday projects. He is a delightful soul, filled with a bright shining light and overflowing with creativity.

At Mary Jo's Cloth Store we carry his line of fabric "Marble Mania" from Timeless Treasures. He also has a new collection of fabric distributed from Robert Kaufman. Patrick is a busy designer he has holiday fabric collections, a book and patterns available.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Curtains and Drapes, the 411...

There is nothing as lovely as a breeze catching the edge of a curtain and watching the fabric billow around.

Window treatments have come along way over the years. What is available to us today is remarkable. The fabric manufacturer's have worked hard to bring us a wide variety of fabric styles, colors, prints and trims. Not to mention the actual materials that fabric is made from today, everything from Silks to Cottons as well as synthetics. The current popular look is simple clean and uncluttered. Many of the most popular design stores carry off the rack versions, however they can be pricey. At Mary Jo Cloth we have fabric that is a good heavy weight, beautiful, easy to work with and very affordable.

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view Cool Fabric.

A few tips for making your own drapes; Whatever the width of your window double that number, this will create a full and drapey look, important. Remember it is easier and less expensive to measure twice and cut once, also important. Another tip, research the different rods that are available, rods range from wrought iron to painted wood and even faux/imitation rods that mimic the real look at a fraction of the price. At Mary Jo's Cloth, in the store, we carry a wide selection of curtain rods and rings to hang your curtains.

If you are would like to learn more about making your own Drapes and Curtains you can log onto this DIY Curtain & Window Treatment site, you will learn loads of tips and tricks for sewing up the perfect window treatments. Have fun!

Do you have a great curtain project you would like to share with us? Please send me an email with a short description and a few photos.It would be great to share your story.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Mary Jo's Sale Page...

Everyone loves a SALE! At we have an entire section of some of your favorite fabrics, all at discounted prices. We add new choices almost every day.
How fun, imagine finding a great fabric for a project you have had in mind. We are certain to have something you will love. Whether it is a back to school project, quilting, an early Halloween costume or some new drapes or even a table cloth. We have a wide variety for you to choose from. Go ahead log on to the website (it is open 24 hours 7 days a week!) and see what you can find, I bet you won't be disappointed.